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Divisional Leadership

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research meets frequently with divisional colleagues to strategically plan Johns Hopkins’ research infrastructure. Together with Denis Wirtz, Sue Porterfield, Alexandra McKeown, Julie Messersmith and Vice Provost and Chief Risk and Compliance Officer Jon Links, these divisional research leaders constitute the Research Oversight Committee.

The Research Oversight Committee’s mission is to provide strategic oversight, coordination, and support to the schools and units to: provide the requisite scientific infrastructure to maximize the rate of discovery and dissemination of new knowledge; and provide research administrative support that facilitates responsible and efficient research with a minimal diversion of faculty time from their research and scholarship.

Dr. Andrew Mertha
Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation
Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Andrew Mertha serves as Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, where is is also Director of the China Studies Program. Before arriving at Johns Hopkins in 2018, Mertha was a a professor of Government at Cornell University and an assistant professor of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis. He specializes in Chinese bureaucratic politics, political institutions, and the domestic and foreign policy process.

Dr. Gregory Kirk
Vice Dean for Research
Bloomberg School of Public Health

Gregory Kirk serves as the associate dean for research in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, as a professor in the Department of Epidemiology in the Bloomberg School, and has a joint appointment in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the School of Medicine. His research examines the natural history of viral infections — particularly HIV and hepatitis viruses — in the U.S. and globally. As part of the ALIVE (AIDS Linked to the Intravenous Experience) study, his research looks at a range of pathogenetic, clinical behavioral issues, with a special focus on non-AIDS-related outcomes of HIV, including cancer and liver and lung diseases.

Valerie SuslowDr. Valerie Suslow
Vice Dean for Faculty and Research
Carey Business School

Valerie Suslow joined the Carey Business School in August 2015 as a professor and vice dean of faculty and research. Her academic research has focused on the economics of explicit price fixing and cartel operations, specifically the determinants of cartel duration and how organizational features of cartels contribute to their stability. She has also examined the intersection of international cartel operations, antitrust policy, and international trade policy, as well as the effects of cartels on developing countries.

Dr. Christopher CannonChristopher Cannon
Vice Dean for Humanities & Social Sciences
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

As vice dean for humanities and social sciences, Christopher Cannon serves as a liaison with the chairs of all humanities and social science departments, assisting in faculty hiring and retention, and support the dean in furthering the mission of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. The Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Medieval Literature and Culture in the Departments of English & Classics, he is a scholar of language and literature and one of the world’s leading experts on 14th-century poet Geoffrey Chaucer.

Bertrand Garcia-MorenoDr. Bertrand Garcia-Moreno
Interim Vice Dean for Natural Sciences
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

As the interim vice dean for natural sciences, Bertrand Garcia-Moreno serves as liaison with the chairs of the school’s natural science departments to ensure the highest quality undergraduate experience, as well as to think through space planning and infrastructure needs and opportunities for interdisciplinary endeavors. He is a professor of biophysics in the Krieger School, his main interests are currently focused on experimental and computational protein science, including: electrostatics, structure-based energy calculations, pH effects, engineering of pH switches and evolution and stability in extreme environments.

Dr. Amy SheltonAmy Shelton
Associate Dean for Research
School of Education

Amy Shelton is a professor and associate dean for research in the School of Education and the director of research for the Center for Talented Youth. She holds a joint appointment in the School of Medicine and serves on the steering committees for the university-wide Science of Learning Initiative. Her research in cognitive psychology/cognitive neuroscience focuses on spatial skills, individual differences and mechanisms of learning, couched in the broad context of understanding the characterization and needs of the individual learner.

Thomas BurnsThomas Burns
Assistant Dean for Research Affairs
Executive Director for Research Administration
School of Medicine

Thomas Burns was named the Assistant Dean for Research Affairs and Executive Director for Research Administration in 2019. In that role he oversees the Office of Research Administration for the School of Medicine, providing support and expertise to the faculty and facilitating the flow of sponsored research funds to the School through grants, contracts and other sponsored research agreements.  After a career in private practice, he joined Johns Hopkins University in 2008 serving the faculty of the School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health in various roles. He holds a J.D. and an M.B A. and has been a frequent presenter for NCURA and SRAI.

Dr. Dan FordDan Ford
Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation
School of Medicine

Dan Ford has served as the vice dean for clinical research in the School of Medicine since 2005 and is appointed the David M Levine Professor of Medicine with a joint appointment in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. As part of this role, he is the Institutional Official in charge of protection of human subjects for Johns Hopkins Medicine and the IRB committees. He is committed to supporting clinical and translational research across the institution. His research has focused on understanding the relationships between depression and chronic medical conditions, particularly coronary artery disease, and how to improve care for patients with medical comorbidity.

Antony RosenDr. Antony Rosen
Vice Dean for Research
School of Medicine

Antony Rosen oversees the School of Medicine’s multimillion-dollar biomedical research enterprise as the vice dean for research. He is the Mary Betty Stevens Professor of Medicine, Director of the Division of Rheumatology, and holds joint appointments in the departments of Pathology and Cell Biology. He is highly successful in recruiting and mentoring the next generation of clinical and translational investigators who are dedicating their careers to research that will provide new treatment options for patients living with rheumatic diseases. His expertise and research focuses on the mechanisms of autoimmune diseases, with particular emphasis on defining the role of autoantigens in rheumatic diseases such as scleroderma, lupus and arthritis.

Dr. Cheryl Dennison HimmelfarbCheryl Dennison Himmelfarb
Associate Dean for Research
School of Nursing

Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb is the associate dean for research at the School of Nursing, where she is appointed in the Department of Acute and Chronic Care. Dr. Himmelfarb’s sustained passion and commitment to reducing health disparities and improving the quality of care and outcomes for cardiovascular and critical care patients is seen as a consistent thread throughout her progressive program of research, professional practice, and teaching. Research by Dr. Himmelfarb has led to the development of effective and transferable health system and interdisciplinary team-based strategies to improve the quality of cardiovascular care. She also serves as a deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translation Research.

Dr. Larry NagaharaLarry Nagahara
Associate Dean of Research
Whiting School of Engineering

Larry Nagahara joined the Whiting School of Engineering in 2015 as the associate dean of research. He was formerly the associate director in the Division of Cancer Biology at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. At NCI/NIH, Dr. Nagahara directed and coordinated program and research activities related to the expanding role of the physical sciences in cancer research, including the Physical Sciences-Oncology Center program. He previously served as the nanotechnology projects manager for the NCI’s Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer, where he oversaw the development of promising nano-based diagnostics and therapeutics projects.

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